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My new findings about the HTC Camera App!

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12th April 2012, 05:12 PM   |  #1  
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Hey guys!

Seems like the original HTC Camera App is quite a bugger. Sure, it's interface is fancy and intuitive with quite the features, but hear me out.

I bought Camera Zoom FX back in the days and loved to use it with my Galaxy S2 since it produced some wonderful shots for me.
I tried it out now on my One X device, and there I made quite a discovery.

First of all, I did 2 test shots for each camera, so in total 4.
The first one I did outside, cloudy sky, slight rain -> white concrete wall. Makro shot. The second on I did indoors, closed room, artificial light (bad light condition).

Second is: I'll also write down the filesize of the photos. The difference is, least to say, overwhelming.

Another point is: As soon as I took a shot with the HTC camera app, I simply can't take any photos anymore with Camera Zoom FX. Camera screen stays black after a shot, photo doesnt get saved, app needs to be killed. It will only work again after a reboot. Seems like the HTC camera app not only applies heavy compression and somewhat dark lighting, but also causes glitches and issues within the system regarding the camera api.

Enough talk, see for yourself:
Keep in mind, I didnt use LED flash, nor HDR. Simple setup, no color corrections or post processing. Those are raw, untouched images down there!

Macro - Cloudy Sky, Slight Rain, White concrete wall

HTC camera (Original: 2,14 MB)


Camera Zoom FX (Original: 4,48 MB)


Autofocus - Indoor, closed room, poor light condition, artificial light

HTC camera (Original: 1,50 MB)


Camera Zoom FX (Original: 4,80 MB)


Okay, guys. Now that you've seen those shots, what are your thoughts and impressions? To me, the color, brightness and sharpness looks ALOT better with Camera Zoom FX. PLUS - focusing seems to be much more stable on Camera Zoom FX, and its still FAST. Maybe its a little too bright with CZFX, but still, that just shows that the HTC One X Camera is capeable of much more!
HTC, fix your camera application!!
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12th April 2012, 05:33 PM   |  #2  
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in my opinion, the 2nd shot seem way better for both cases u uploaded..
12th April 2012, 05:39 PM   |  #3  
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WOW... incredible difference...can you take a few more samples outside with decent lighting?

that is really amazing how much better the FX shots look...

so you are saying that you can only take one FX shot at a time- and then you have to reboot??
12th April 2012, 05:44 PM   |  #4  
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I found the HTC camera to produce a lot of noise even in well lit environment.

The camera is one of their big selling points it seems odd they would use so much JPEG compression in the software. Personally I'd like to output images as actual RAW files.

Also the brightness and colour contrast of the HTC one X screen seems to have given them a bit of a dilemma with the colour of photo's, when you take a shot and view it on the phone screen the colour looks good but when you then view it on a monitor the colour looks washed out and dull, Problem is if the camera reproduced the colour correctly it would look way over saturated on that bright screen of the phone.

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Another point is: As soon as I took a shot with the HTC camera app, I simply can't take any photos anymore with Camera Zoom FX. Camera screen stays black after a shot, photo doesnt get saved, app needs to be killed. It will only work again after a reboot. Seems like the HTC camera app not only applies heavy compression and somewhat dark lighting, but also causes glitches and issues within the system regarding the camera api.

I just had this same issue after taking some shots in the garden, not with camera zoom fx though, I dont have that installed, took half a dozen shots then the camera appeared not to take photos, it would focus, make the shutter sound and seemingly take a picture but on viewing i just got a black screen with a triangle and exclamation. reboot was needed. this was using only the htc camera app.
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12th April 2012, 06:09 PM   |  #5  
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OMG! There's a HUGE difference between those pictures!!! I was a little disappointed with one x's camera quality but now it's clear that it is software related, the camera itself is capable of taking better pictures. I really hope HTC fixes this soon, because I think this is a major problem that has to resolved.
12th April 2012, 06:15 PM   |  #6  
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Definitely needs to be resolved, been out taking some more and it only seems to successfully shoot a picture half the time, seems it doesnt need a reboot to get it working again, it just randomly decides when it wants to take a picture or not, seems to mostly fail in very well lit sunny conditions. also had some freezes using the camera needing a hard reboot.
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Also downloaded - Different results
I also downloaded camera zoom fx - both stock app and camera zoom are set to auto. in my opinion the camera zoom picture looks over exposed

Camera Zoom Fx may peform better on a sunny day???

both very similar sizes Camera Zoom was 0.2 Mb bigger

first image is Camera Zoom



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12th April 2012, 06:21 PM   |  #8  
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guys all you need to do is increase the exposure in the htc camera app for similar results

i love the camera guys every pic you post i see amazing colors, actually Camera FX images are over exposed
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guys all you need to do is increase the exposure in the htc camera app for similar results

Doesnt make a difference for me, tried on manual ISO with same result, it cant take a picture in well lit conditions, tried a few again, if i point the camera to the garden (sun behind me) it cant take a picture, if i point the camera down to the floor standing in the same position so there is less light on the sensor it will take a picture, point it back up again, fails to take a picture.

been trying in different areas too, in shadowed areas or indoors its fine, something that is well lit by the sun it fails to take a picture at all.

Gonna try Camera FX now

actually no im not, it's not free lol
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12th April 2012, 06:37 PM   |  #10  
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I dont think the camera is at total fault... If you play around with the camera settings you can adjust the amount of exposure and sharpness of the photo... I personally feel that this setting is quite good under normal conditions:

Exposure -1
Saturation -1
Sharpness -1
Contrast -1 (play around with different light ambience)

These settings actually gave quite good results for me... although undeniably raw uncompressed pictures are better... just my 2 cents...

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